THR Heat Index

Tracking the week's ups and downs in the business of entertainment.

UP: Alexandra Wallace

The NBC News exec will take the reins of Today, replacing Jim Bell and becoming the show's first female executive producer. First challenge: Retake the morning ratings crown from GMA.

DOWN: Jerry Buss

The Lakers owner disappoints L.A. fans by hiring coach Mike D'Antoni instead of Phil Jackson as DirecTV subscribers still can't watch games amid a carriage standoff.

UP: Susanne Daniels

The former Lifetime and WB Network executive scores the top programming job at MTV, overseeing scripted and reality series, news and documentaries.

DOWN: Karl Rove

The Fox News analyst becomes the laughingstock of the election as he openly questions his network's decision to call Ohio for Obama. Will Roger Ailes downplay his screen time?



AMC Networks (AMCX)
$51.00 (+6.6%)

Analyst Vasily Karasyov raises his target on the TV company to $61, estimating its Dish affiliate deal is worth $113 million in distribution revenue in 2013.

Walt Disney Co. (DIS)
$47.45 (-5.7%)

Janney analyst Tony Wible downgrades conglomerate to "neutral" on soft TV ad market and reinvestments in theme parks.

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